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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 Paradine Case (1947)

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“I know what I’m talking about; what I say is true.  I know her.  And I will tell you one thing more, I will tell you about Mrs. Paradine.  She’s bad.  Bad to the bone!  If ever there was an evil … Continue reading

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Suspicion (1941)

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“If you’re going to kill somebody, do it simply,” says Johnnie Aysgarth. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Best Picture Oscar winner Rebecca was the first film he directed in the U.S. after having spent over 15 years making films in the U.K.  … Continue reading

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Mildred Pierce (1945)

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“Personally, Veda’s convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young,” says Ida Corwin to Mildred Pierce. Joan Crawford was let out of her contract with MGM in the early 1940s and subsequently looked for challenging roles.  … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

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“A city is built of brick, Pharaoh.  The strong make many, the starving make few.  The dead make none.  So much for accusations,” says Moses to Sethi. One of the first big-name film directors was Cecil B. DeMille, who is … 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 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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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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“When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it.  It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him.  He was your partner and you’re supposed to do something about it.  And it happens we’re in … Continue reading