Category Archives: Significant Scenes

Swallowing My Pride

Humility is not an easy quality to achieve or maintain. I was bullied a lot as a child, and it hardened me to the point that I thought I was uniquely deserving of sympathy and that other people were responsible … Continue reading

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What Happens When We Fail to Heed Sir Thomas More’s Warning

Five years ago, I offered 10 timely lessons from A Man for All Seasons (1966), and I’m sure many of us recently observed a high-profile example of what happens when #1 on that list is violated. We’ll get to that … Continue reading

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Our Bray-ve New World

The puppet masters who have made it simple to enjoy hookup culture, courageous to buck normalcy, and easy to get credit have now closed the doors and are herding us into our nice, comfortable cages. My fellow donkeys, welcome to the bray-ve new world. Continue reading

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The Deep Message Buried in TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze isn’t really well-known as a deep philosophical film. It’s mostly filled with juvenile humor that appealed to me as a child. But upon reflection, I realized that there actually is … Continue reading

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It’s All Right When Everything Goes Wrong

When times get tough, I try to look on the bright side and count my blessings. I don’t feel so bad about the social distancing and isolation right now in part because the last year has been so hard for … Continue reading

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General Beringer Shows How to Trade Insults Like a Boss

When I listed 10 details that elevate WarGames above most thrillers, I criminally left out one of the best characters in the movie, General Beringer. This guy is amazing in every one of his scenes. He has a commanding presence … Continue reading

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Wreck-It Ralph Sums Up My Feelings on Modern TV Shows

Despite reading all of the available books in the Song of Ice and Fire series, I’ve never watched an episode of Game of Thrones. Despite watching every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a kid and adult, I … Continue reading

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It Took Me 33 Years to Get This Subtle Spaceballs Joke

I’ve seen Spaceballs many times, and there’s one joke in it that’s always gone over my head. I couldn’t understand why it was in there or what it meant until this past week when it finally dawned on me, and … Continue reading

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The Strict Morality of James Cameron’s Action Sequences

It’s the little things that distinguish James Cameron from other visually impressive action directors like Michael Bay and Zack Snyder. Case in point, Cameron has a strict moral code when it comes to his action sequences that help the audience … Continue reading

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How to End a Lightsaber Duel

I watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and was thoroughly underwhelmed like most people, but not just because of its desperate attempt to pretend there was a plan all along when it’s obvious that these three films didn’t know … Continue reading

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