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The Omen (1976)

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“These are knives.  He wants me to stab him!  He wants me to murder a child,” says Robert Thorn.  Keith Jennings responds, “It’s not a child.”  Thorn replies, “How can he know that?  Maybe he’s wrong.  It’s insane.  I won’t … Continue reading

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Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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“Why wouldn’t I tell him that his pure, darling little girl was having a dirty little affair with a married man?” says Miriam Deering.  Charlotte Hollis replies, “You’re a vile, sorry little bitch!” Bette Davis had an interesting year in 1964.  … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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“I want to do something for her… but what?” asks the Beast.  Cogsworth responds, “Well, there’s the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep, …” Walt Disney Pictures experienced an animation renaissance with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, … 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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Where Love Has Gone (1964)

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“You have made it publicly obvious that you have only one concept of love: a vile and sinful one,” says Mrs. Gerald Hayden.  Valerie Hayden Miller replies, “When you’re dying of thirst, you drink from a mudhole.”  Mrs. Hayden responds, … Continue reading

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Selma (2014)

“Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe,” says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite films of 2012 was a little-seen independent film called Middle … Continue reading

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White Christmas (1954)

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“My dear partner, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left,” says Phil Davis.  Bob Wallace responds, “When I figure … Continue reading

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Nominated Yet Not Nominated

When the most recent Academy Award nominations were announced a couple of weeks ago, there weren’t a lot of surprises (although there were a number of snubs).  One of the biggest surprises occurred in the Best Original Song category.  The … Continue reading

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‘Tarzan’ & ‘Surf’s Up’ & ‘Frozen’

Chris Buck is an animator, writer, and director who studied character animation at CalArts and later went to work at Disney.  He worked as an animator on several films, including The Fox and the Hound, Oliver and Company, The Little … 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